Luke 1:5 notes that the birth of John the Baptist had been announced “in the days of Herod, the King of Judaea.” John’s mother Elizabeth was a cousin of Jesus’s mother Mary and John was evidently born six months before Jesus (Luke –36).
So Luke agrees with Matthew in placing the birth of Christ in the time of King Herod.
Here’s what Church leaders and LDS historians have said. Talmadge believed the Savior was born on April 6, referencing the first verse in the twentieth section of the Doctrine and Covenants.
Mark -28 portrays a birthday celebration for Herod Antipas. He assumes the Nephites would have used a solar year like the Mayan Haab.
Other Church leaders have made statements affirming their belief in the April 6 date, which is also the date the Church was officially restored. Lee said, “This is the annual conference of the Church.
April 6, 1973, is a particularly significant date because it commemorates not only the anniversary of the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in this dispensation, but also the anniversary of the birth of the Savior, our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.” A few years later in 1975, Spencer W.
The first hint comes from Matthew 2:1, where we read that he was born in the time of “Herod the king.” That this refers to Herod the Great and not to one of his sons or grandsons of the same name, is clear from the fact that neither Herod Antipas nor Herod Philip were kings, but tetrarchs only, while the kings Herod Agrippa I and II were too late in time.
It is true that Herod had named another of his sons, Herod Archelaus, as king, but Matthew makes it clear that this Archelaus, in whose time Joseph, Mary, and Jesus returned from Egypt to Nazareth, was son of the Herod who had ordered the slaughter of the children at Bethlehem.